On June 29, 1978, Bob Crane, recognized to Hogan's Heroes lovers as Colonel Hogan, was once came across brutally murdered in his Scottsdale, Arizona, condominium. His eldest son, Robert Crane, used to be known as to the crime scene. during this poignant memoir, Robert Crane discusses that bad day and the way he has lived with the unsolved homicide of his father. yet this storyline is only one thread in his story of growing to be up in la, his struggles to reconcile the nice and sordid aspects of his megastar father, and his personal attention-grabbing life.
Crane all started his profession writing for Oui journal and spent decades interviewing celebrities for Playboy―stars equivalent to Chevy Chase, Bruce Dern, Joan Rivers, or even Koko the signing gorilla. because of a raucous come across with the forged of Canada's SCTV, he came upon himself shelving his notepad and tape recorder to go into the hire of John Candy―first as an on-again, off-again publicist; then as a full-time assistant, confidant, screenwriter, and manufacturer; and eventually as one in every of Candy's pallbearers.
Through unhappiness, loss, and heartbreak, Crane's humor and perseverance shine. past the massive stars and behind-the-scenes revelations, this riveting account of dying, survival, and renewal within the shadow of the Hollywood signal makes a profound assertion concerning the wish for romance and permanence in a lifestyles the place these issues constantly slip away. by way of turns surprising and uplifting, Crane is an unforgettable and deeply human tale.
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